The Sanctuary Wins Bronze Moonbeam Awards

An African American children's audio book wins a Bronze medal at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

Detroit, MI, October 28, 2008 --( The Sanctuary, a children’s audio book about a young boy who befriends a “crazy” lady who makes a sanctuary out of junk, has won a Bronze award in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards sponsored by Independent Publisher. The three hour unabridged audio book was one of 1,085, according to Independent Publisher. Out of those, 138 received awards.

The Sanctuary, was first published by Cobblehill, formerly an imprint of Penguin. It was optioned twice for development into a movie. It was also the basis of a grief and loss program at Detroit’s Children Center. The book is currently out of print and the rights reverted back to the author.

Author Ann Eskridge felt that the story was just as lively and relevant today as it was when the book was first published. Eskridge said she first decided to make an audio book because, “I thought the CD audio version would make a fine addition to those few selective African American audio books."

“The book is about healing, particularly how children grieve for loved ones. I think that’s an important topic. But the story also examines the topic with humor and wisdom,” Eskridge said.

According to IP, The Moonbeam Awards are given because: “Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts.”

The story was actually taken from a true event in Detroit dealing with an older woman who built a shrine out of junk for 15 years in the neighborhood of East Grand Boulevard until the neighborhood finally had the city tear it down.

Eskridge used the expertise of Clawson, Michigan video and audio production facility, Magnetic Cinema to engineer and edit the project. Detroit artist Carole Morisseau developed the cover art. Eskridge did her own reading.

Independent Publisher plans to showcase the winners of the Moonbeam Award during the American Library Association Mid-Winter gathering to coincide with the Newbery and Caldecott Medals announcement. Moonbeam Award winning books will be on display throughout the four-day conference, January 23-26, 2009.

The three-disc, 3 hour story is being distributed through CD BABY website at . The MP3 version is distributed through Both can be accessed through Eskridge’s website at

Ann Eskridge